El-Rufai confirms presence of Ansaru terrorists in Kaduna 

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  • Receives report of 360 persons killed, 1,389 kidnapped in first quarter of 2022 

Governor, Nasir   El Rufai  of Kaduna State has confirmed the presence of Ansaru terrorists and other criminal elements in Kaduna State. 

The Governor said the rising presence of Ansar  and Boko Haram terrorists in the state and their growing interaction with armed bandits  was responsible for the attack on the Abuja- Kadunan bound train on the 28th of March in which the passengers kidnapped were still in captivity. 

According to  the  Governor, the terrorists were moving from the Northeast to the Northwest and were now recruiting young people in to their fold in. vulnerable  communities  across the state. 

El-Rufa’i spoke on  Thursday during  the state security council meeting where he received the quarterly security briefing by the Commissioner  for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

Aruwan had said that at least 360 people  were Killed due to banditry and other violent crimes  and 1,389 persons were kidnapped within the first quarter of the year  from January to March 2022,adding that  Kaduna Central Zone iwas the most affected.

Èl-Rufai was  oncerned  about the use of mines and improvised Explosive Devices (IED) by terrorists  and called  for the establishment of a military theater command in the region.

Vanguard had earlier reported that the Ansaru and Boko Haram, terrorists were re-emerging in Birnin-Gwari Emirate of Kaduna State, a development that may not augur well for the continued peace  and security of the state. 

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